What A Summer

I’m not really sure what to write. It’s currently 2:36am right now, I’m laying naked in bed and unable to sleep. So many different thoughts and emotions are flowing through my mind right now it’s got my blood pumping way to fast!

To sum up the last few months of my absence, I have mostly just been working. From June to the middle of September Pismo Beach, CA was home. My job in Las Vegas, NV which also has a location in CA, sent me to work out on the beach for the summer. Little did I know I was signing my entire life away with this agreement. it was all good though, I really did enjoy my time despite the fact that I was working 75 plus hours every single week with hardly any time in between shifts to do anything besides sleep.

The disappointing fact of all this is that I don’t really have as much money saved up as I would like to. Some how my data usage on my phone has been out the roof even though my habits have not changed one bit, it’s just been since Verizon forced me into signing a new contract.  So I’ve been paying way to much for that, i was eating out entirely to much, and other stupid stuff.

 

Now I’m back in Vegas. 3 days deep into my old position in the desert, and I am already hating it. Some asshole threw some serious attitude my way today, and that set me off pretty good. And general bullshit that goes along with a job.

 

I have no clue what I want to do, and honestly this is starting to really bother me. I have no direction, no plans, only dreams, and the world that I want to explore. I don’t know where to start, or how to start, which seems silly given all the things I have done so far.

 

I’m beginning a new chapter of my life. I don’t know what will happen or where it will take me. But I’m incredibly nervous for the way things may or may not turn out.

 

That is all.

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Time Sure Is Flying

It seems like I just arrived in Vegas only a few short weeks ago, but it’s already been three and a half months since then. So wild. Anyways, just a quick update on everything with my job, and future plans with me. The job itself is going good, I finished training, was assigned two clients, made contact with the first and have started my basic skills sessions with this client. It started out slow, and is still going slow. I go over to his house five days a week and two hours each of those days to work with him on his behavior and anger mostly, there are some other issues that will be addressed as well, but everything seems to stem from anger and behavioral issues. I gotta say it’s not really easy work. We mostly talked, I should say I mostly talked for the length of each session, which is proving to be non-helpful because he can’t focus for that long and he’s heard it all before, and I’m pretty sure its as boring for him as it is for me. Since starting I have been doing a lot of research on how to keep the attention of my clients who have ADD/ADHD and other issues. On Friday I went to turn in my hours and also took a look at some books and was able to copy some worksheets out of them to address anger with my client. The worksheets were awesome, but as we were unable to have our session at his home, his mother and self suggested we sit at the park, I don’t think any progress was made because of all the distractions around us, and of course the desire to go and play. Next week I am planning to head out to the main office and do some more reading before I meet with this client, and gather some ideas for more activities we can do that might be fun, or at least engaging so we can start making some progress. Hopefully I can find some good stuff, cause I gotta say, it hit me hard when I started thinking about how serious my role is in this child’s life. If I don’t do my job right, it has a direct effect on his life and well being!

Enough about work though I do have a life. Finally I gave the courts a call in Illinois, ugh, never a fun call to make especially when you owe money. At least now I know when my payment is due, and how much it is. $404.00 is due by March 25th. Lovely. On top of this I also owe $155.00 on my cell phone bill. Thank goodness I got my taxes back so I can cough all of it up to bills and fines. And because I am just starting with my new job I do not have enough hours to cover these expenses just by my first two checks! So I’m really going to hurting for money this month, and into next month as well. This also means that I will not be able to escape the country to Europe in May like I was really hoping to do. This is a huge bummer, but it will allow me to save up money, get in shape, and start preparing for my next big adventure.

As far as eventually getting my own personal website/blog up and running with hopes to stop using Facebook. I am still unsure when this will happen, I”m still trying to figure out costs, and how much time this type of thing will take. I’m a pretty lazy person, so getting around to actually designing a website and all that good stuff is gonna take time, especially considering I haven’t really worked with web design in quite some time. Although I have been taking courses through Udacity to further my knowledge of this type of stuff, and to also get back in mindset of writing code and troubleshooting related issues.  I will keep updates on this every now and again.

Finally the last bit of news, maybe it’s already been covered. But I got my navel (belly button, for those of you who don’t know what a navel is) pierced. I’ve been wanting to do it for quite some time now and finally got around to just doing it! Shane Von Ranniger at the Piercing Shop in Las Vegas, Nevada did it for me and it was done very well. We put in some fancy bling bling made by Anatometal. With green gems (Princess Cut), and we also anodized the piece a s very  nice shade of blue that goes perfectly with the green. We didn’t take a picture of it when I was fresh because I was bleeding a little bit, so I’ll be sure to take a good picture once it has fully healed, it’s to fabulous not to! That’s pretty much it though!

More Travel

It’s been quite a while since I have had a chance to update this thing. I have gone many thousands of miles, through hundreds of dollars, and met countless amazing/helpful, and I am sad to say rude/mean people along the way! But everything that has happened has brought me to where I am currently, and everything that will happen will bring to where I hope to be in the next month. Currently I am sitting in the basement of a nice house in Ft. Collins, Colorado. I met a girl online a while back and she offered to put me up for a few nights which I am extremely grateful of. There is so much to say, and really not enough time, nor patience on my part to type all of it up, so I am just going to summarize.

I finally made it back to California. Some memorable locations that I stopped at were Memphis, Tennessee, Las Vegas, Nevada, Santa Cruz, California, Portland Oregon, Salt Lake CIty, Utah (for bad reasons), The Dalles Oregon, Denver, Colorado, Ft. Collins, Colorado, Raleigh, North Carolina, and probably some others that I am currently forgetting. I met some great people in all of those places, with the exception of Salt Lake City, which I hated with a passion. I’m not going to complain to much about that. I have found places to stay along the way, most people who have been picking me up lately offer me a place to stay, or at least feed me or give a little bit of cash to help me out along the way, and I couldn’t be more grateful for all the hospitality that has come my way in the last 4 months.

Hitch hiking is beginning to bore me a bit, especially with all my issues with the law and just standing around time. And I guess the being along part is kind of starting to annoy me quite a bit as well. But I met a girl in The Dalles, Oregon who was a train hopper, he was super cool, and gave me some reading on train hopping, and said she wanted to meet up along the way, and it looks like that time is in the next few days! Hopefully just another day or two of hitch hiking and then I am gonna be on my first freight train to satan only knows where.

As far as finances goes, I have roughly 400 dollars left, give or take a few. I have resorted to flying signs to help supplement my lifestyle, mostly just be able to get food, but I am finding out that is rather difficult to make decent money at, the police keep telling me I can’t do it where ever I decide to fly my signs. But I have made a little bit of money doing so. Thank you to everyone who has helped me out, and anyone who may help me out as well.  My plans are to open a new bank account as soon as I make enough money on the streets. My current account I can not deposit money into, because it’s only located in central California and no where else in the USA. I’m considering an account at Chase, they are everywhere, and all the money I make on the streets I can just deposit into my account. I don’t like carrying cash to much, because there is always that risk that I am going to get robbed, at least if my money is on a plastic debit card, I can have it deactivated and usually refunded by the bank if it’s not to much.

 

That’s all I have to say for now. I will update again whenever I have a chance and some more time, and with pictures, you better know I have a lot of awesome pictures. And my beard is looking fierce!!!

Oh Boy

Just gonna make this as quick as possible, and not very organized. Some good things in my life right now. I got my nipples pierced finally after wanting to do it for quite a few years! It looks awesome. The other day I bought a new journal and have been writing in it quite a bit, especially when I take hitch hiking trips. It looks like the tree planting companies are going to start preparing for the application process here soon, I already sent away a few e-mails, hopefully I hear back soon. On the first of the Month I started doing my Pushup work out again. I’ve started gave up so many times, but I’m sick of seeing pictures of guys I want to look like and just never doing anything about it. So even though I’ll be homeless in 3 weeks, I don’t really mind, because I am not a person to make excuses for why I can’t do things.

Now for some crazy news. Along with becoming homeless again, Brad told me he will have room for me to stay in his car with him. Which I plan on doing for a couple of weeks max. My goal is to have 1000 dollars saved up by the first week of December, and then quitting my job for good. After I quit I will go down to my good friend Mateo and have him punch out my Labret so when it comes to looking for work again, I will not have to deal with having to hid something in the dark that I love so much. I’m not going to let my desires and dreams of how I want to look, and what I want to do with my body hold me back from living the way I want, just because it’s not socially acceptable or what ever. After that I should have around 900ish dollars left, and then I plan on heading down to Vegas to spend with my sister, sounds like they want to take me to Disneyland with them as well which would be cool if it works out that way. We will see though.

Lots more hitch hiking, couch surfing and travel soon to come. And maybe some pictures. That’s all for today. :)

Ugh, Work

It’s the time of the day again, well just about. I have to head off to work in about a half hour. Just another day that I’m not really looking forward to. This job is stressful, and a big headache. Physically demanding work sounds much more delightful than what I am doing right now. I seriously can not stand the customers I have to deal with on a day to day basis, always asking the same questions, getting irritated with me because prices are to high and various other things.  I can’t wait until I can escape all that. Tree Planting, that’s my escape, and then I will travel for a few months.

Still trying to pay off my tattoo. I bought a bunch of really cheap food this week though hoping that I can live on that for a couple of weeks to save money. I’m also going to start just eating two meals a day, one big breakfast, and a light dinner to cut back on food. I only need 300 dollars, I know I can save that in a month. We will see though. As long as I can pay rent I’m not to worried about it.

Nothing else to say really. Just been hanging out. Life is going by really quick and it’s scary. I’ve already lived here for just under a month. Yuck.

-Noodles Out!

Time To Pay It Off

Just a short update today. Finally I got a reply back from Freak Mike at the Swastika Freak Shop in Radolfzell, Germany about paying my tattoo. I’m gonna be able to pay it off via Paypal which is very nice and convenient as I can easily send Euros and it does all the conversion for me. I’m already considering how and when I will be able to go back for more tattoos by those guys.

Right now I am backing up all the data on my phone so that I can do a quick restore on it and set my new e-mail address as the default, beacuse my old one is just to cluttered with junk and spam. The new one is just for personal use which is nice, and less junk gets sent to it, although I am sure in time It will accumulate the same amount of  junk.

Today at work I am going to go and talk to my General Manager about getting a promotion. I know I can do the job properly, and I know that I will be good at the job, the only thing that bothers me is the fact that I am planning on moving to Santa Cruz in January. The plus of everything is that I will be getting a small pay raise, and I will get some more job experience under my belt. The down sides are if I take the job and follow through with moving to Santa Cruz in January, I will more than likely piss off the management here, and will have a much lower chance of getting a transfer to a store in Santa Cruz, and if I do get a transfer, I will probably have to take a lower paying position because lead positions just don’t open up all the time. Although I feel as if even if I don’t take the position and I move to Santa Cruz in January I will not get a transfer, that’s just the vibe I get from this store and the management. So we will see, I am going to talk to him about it today, and hopefully everything goes good. I don’t plan on mentioning my plan to move to Santa Cruz until the very End of November.

In other news I finally had the chance to do some laundry yesterday, and it feels so good to wear clean clothes! I love it. But It upsetting because I know that in a few weeks time I will have to wash my clothes again, :/ Oh well, that is life I suppose.

For my travels, as I have mentioned before, I now have three options on the table for me, and three very good options. The first one, which I would like to do the most is saving as much money as possible so that I can go back to Germany and spend a year there trying to learn the language by immersing myself in it totally, and doing a little bit of travelling on the side as well. I also feel confident I will be able to find some kind of odd job there so I can make a little bit of money. While there I would like to get tattooed by the guys at the Freakshop again. We will see though, I have a year to save and plan for that. The second option would be just starting out on The USA for a huge cross country hitch hiking trip to see as much as possible and live a happy life like a hobo, and working odd jobs here and there to get money to fund further travels of the world.  And the third option would be starting my travels in Austrailia with a guy I met while I was in Berlin this summer. He already put the offer out there for me for this year, but given my current financial situation and such, I would not be able to do that. So everything I am planning is going to start next year! I’m going to shoot for leaving everything in July, which gives me 10 months to save and plan. Sacrifices have to made to get what I want, and right now that sacrifice might be just staying in Grass Valley until the summer. But I’m gonna try and avoid that.

That’s all for now though.

-Noodles Out!

11:45am

I have re-written this entry about 5 times differently each and every time. So I’m just going to make it short and sweet. I have around 30 euros left for 11 days. I have no idea where I’m going to end up after I leave Hamburg as I have no places lined up to stay. But I’m not worried and I only see the adventure of it all and not the negative of what is bad about it, in fact I really don’t think there is anything wrong with my current situation. I am very excited for what the future is going to bring me, I just wish that I had a camera to document some things. I do have my Flip Video though, maybe there will be a video of Exhausted me in the next few days.

I the place I plan to stay at tonight does not work out, then I am going hitch hike through out the night and get to a new city. Only after a quick visit to the Penny Markt to buy some cheap food to take along!

-Noodles Out